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The Best Wine-Tasting Holidays

From Sicily to California, this holiday consider reserving a spot in one of these world class wine tasting adventures.

1. South Africa with BK Wine Tours
South Africa has a very similar climate as the Mediterranean area without the excessive summer heat, making for some of the world’s best wine. With this eight nights, nine days tour package, enjoy wine tasting at the famous South African regions of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, and Paarl, as well as the less familiar, but producing just as great quality, regions of Durbanville and Wellington. In addition to the country’s spectacular wines, tour guests will be astounded by South Africa’s dramatic landscapes robust with vast mountain ranges, beautiful oceans scenes matching rocky shores, and an astounding richness of wildlife and gastronomic pleasures. For those wishing a closer wildlife experience, BK Wine Tours offers a unique safari add-on program. For reservation information or to learn more about this tour and all its details, visit BK Wine Tours.

2. Sicily, Treasure of the Mediterranean Wine Tour with Cellar Tours
Experience the quintessential Mediterranean wines with this premier tour mixing water adventure with wine tastings. This luxurious six nights, seven days tour offers a unique experience to visit some of the region’s most historic medieval sites, beautiful landscapes, and VIP wine tastings at top rated vineyard estates. Enjoy daily guided walking tours along secluded beaches and countrysides, along with private boat travels to the more secluded islands. Cellar Tours’ package includes accommodations at 5-star resorts complete with personal sea salt spa treatments. This wine tour is perfect for those wishing to pair art and Mediterranean history with the best in luxury wine travels. For reservation information, or to learn more about this tour, visit Cellar Tours.

3. Napa and Sonoma Wine tours with Platypus Wine Tours
Napa and Sonoma are arguably considered the best wine regions in North America. Generally consisting of daylong tours, Platypus Wine Tours offers group and private tours along four of the area’s best wineries. Tours are professionally guided and are rich in information about California’s wine making history and culture. Guests will enjoy a provided picnic lunch served at one of the tour’s visited wineries, with dining fare paired with several of the local wines. In addition to its general daylong tours, Platypus Wine Tours offers a quaint wine train tour that coasts along Napa Valley, and a spectacular hot air balloon and wine tour package. For reservation information, or to find out more about the different tour packages and possibilities, visit Platypus Wine Tours.

4. The Wines of Burgundy, Wine Tours with Authentica Tours
What list of the world’s top wine tours would be complete without an inclusion of France’s world class vineyards? Authentica Tours offers high quality half-day and day-long tours, throughout the region’s best vineyards. Unlike some of the more high-cost tours on this list, Authentica Tours are economically priced, with tour prices fitting most any traveler’s budget. These tours are led by truly local guide who will provide a one-of-a-kind full immersion experience. Enjoy learning about the region’s unique heritage and wine traditions. Tours include the providing of a variety of locally produced wines and cheeses, with a thorough education into the relationships between the grapes and France’s soil. Authentica Tours offers both join-in tours, private tours, and custom-made excursion packages for those wanting to make a more personal voyage. To learn more about these differing packages, or for reservation information, visit Authentica Tours for details.

Burrell School Vineyard

5. The Annual Divino Tuscany Tour in Florence, Italy
The Divino Tuscany is an exclusive, four day wine making and tasting extravaganza. Generally taking place towards the end of May, 2013 will be the festival’s third year. For those able to tailor their holidays to fit this exclusive event, it will leave a lasting memory as one of the world’s best annual wine affair. The tour includes grand tastings from Tuscany’s top winemakers, celebrity-led seminars, tailor made dinners, opulent galas, and the best in Italian entertainment. This is a verifiable vino festival reminiscent of ancient wine traditions and aristocratic carnivals. To learn more about previous years’ festivities, and to register for the next grand Dvino Tuscany Tour, visit Divino Tuscany for details.

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